Pagan Osborne in plans to take on more staff

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LAW firm Pagan Osborne is bucking the trend among its beleaguered Scottish rivals as it moves into new offices in the capital to accommodate expansion.

The 250-year-old Cupar-based firm will relocate from its offices at Queen Street to the recently refurbished Clarendon House on George Street this week, as it announces plans to hire a further 20 fee earners and staff.

The firm, which expanded into Edinburgh in 2006 when it bought Ketchen & Stevens, grew its headcount 7 per cent to around 100 staff and partners last year across its Edinburgh and Fife offices. Alistair Morris, chief executive, said: “The move into Clarendon House underlines our progress and our commitment to continue to target business growth in the capital.

“We are building a depth and breadth of expertise in the private client and property arenas and believe that our business will continue to grow through these areas of strength.

“This latest move is another step forward and a very tangible one that staff and clients will see every time they go into the office. Where some parts of the profession are suffering from a lack of confidence, I believe this will be a huge boost to morale within Pagan Osborne.”

The firm recently strengthened its range of services after partner Fiona McDonald became one of just six solicitors accredited by the Law Society of Scotland for tax law. Its property shop at Comiston in Edinburgh is also hitting record figures, it said.